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The Evanston North Shore Bird Club presents programs every fourth Tuesday of the month, September through April (no December program) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., corner of Bridge St., in Evanston.  Programs are free and open to the public.

For general information about ENSBC, or directions to Program nights, call Libby Hill at 847-475-2096 or Gerry Ginsburg at 847-475-6912, or email


PROGRAM: Terry Miesle: “Chasing the Rusty-patched Bumblebee.”

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The rusty- patched bumblebee, Bombus affinis, has become the poster child for our dangerously declining wild native bees. Why it was chosen, how it became endangered, and what can be done about it are the topics of Terry Miesle's beautifully illustrated talk. Citizen Scientists can help by sending observations to reporting agencies, and Terry will provide information to help you identify and photograph these bees.  Terry has been formally monitoring insects, focusing on bees, at Fermilab Natural Areas since 2014 and has photographed numerous prairies throughout the Chicago region.  He's involved with the Native Bee Awareness Initiative and reports data to Beespotter and other data collection agencies.

PROGRAM: John Bates: “What is a Species?”

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Species make up your life list, your year list and your field guides, but they are also key units of evolution and units of conservation and scientists do not always agree on what is and what is not a species (and sometimes they even flip flop).  John Bates, Associate Curator of Birds at the Field Museum will discuss the issues, challenges and value of defining species (or not) with examples from around the world.

PROGRAM: Walter Marcisz and Nat Miller: “Doing it Secretively in the Marsh: How Monitoring of Breeding Marsh Birds is Inspiring Wetland Restoration in the Calumet Region.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wetland birds of the Calumet region have faced precipitous declines over the past 30 years. The conversion of rich marsh to open-water ponds or mono-cultures of invasive species has put secretive marsh species like Common Gallinule, Least Bittern and King Rail on the fast-track to extirpation. However, new and intensive monitoring and wetland restoration is setting the stage for an amazing comeback story. Nat Miller is the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Flyway Director of Conservation for National Audubon Society. Walter Marcisz, our popular speaker, has been a Chicago area birder for over 50 years.